WRITER: JENNY FERGUSON
CONTACT: STEPHEN PRADARELLI
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0007; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Nov. 26, 2002
Reading Recovery gets $50,000 grant, promise of more funds
The Reading Recovery Center of Iowa has received a $50,000 gift from the
William Lynch Foundation of San Diego, Calif. William Lynch is an alumnus
of the University of Iowa's Henry B. Tippie College of Business.
The Lynch Foundation has promised an additional $50,000 each year to the
reading center for the next three years. The money will be used to fund the
program assistant position and to purchase professional materials for the
center, which serves 14 Reading Recovery sites throughout Iowa.
"I am very grateful to Mr. Lynch for his vision and commitment to the
children who have the greatest challenges with reading," said Salli Forbes,
director of the program.
Reading Recovery's goal is to reach all first-grade students who have difficulty
learning to read and write, a group that in Iowa includes an estimated 20
percent of the first-grade population. The Reading Recovery Center of Iowa
currently serves 16 percent of Iowa's first-grade students, making it the
most successful program in the country.
More information about the Reading Recovery Center of Iowa can be found
online at http://www.uiowa.edu/~rrci/